Off-Track Activities – Austrian Grand Prix

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The lowdown on things to do in Graz and Styria for fans going to the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring. The next is on June 27-30, 2019.

The Red Bull Ring is located in the heart of the beautiful region of Styria, known as the ‘green heart’ of Austria. The hilly, forested region at the foot of the Alps is popular for skiing in winter (and hiking, cycling in summer) and also famous for its tasty local fare (think hearty schnitzels and frothy beers), wineries, history and castles.


Austria’s second city may not have the grandeur of Vienna, but it’s still an historic city with a lot to offer tourists. There’s a good selection of bars and restaurants in the beautiful Graz old town (Altstadt von Graz) to check out after a long day at the track. Head to the Hauptplatz (Main Square), where there is often some kind of F1-themed display or party, then explore the surrounding streets for restaurants and bars. There is a good vibe on Freiheitsplatz with several lively bars. We stayed in the north of the city and went to a busy franchise of the Hooters restaurant, which got bonus points for showing repeats of the Austrian Grand Prix from the mid-1980s. Here’s some tourist ideas for Graz:

  • Visit Schlossberg hill (with the Uhrturm clocktower) and Eggenberg Castle, part of the Five Must-See Attractions in Graz.
  • Check out Kunsthaus Graz, the art museum of Graz that was completed in 2003 when the city held the title of European Capital of Culture.
  • Take an open-top bus tour, every day (except for Saturday) from 11:00-12:30 (adults €17 / children €8.50)
  • Go to a concert: Styriarte is an annual classical music festival(June 22-July 22, 2018); concerts take place at the Congress Center.


  • Visit the Spa town of Bad Waltersdorf, 60km East of Graz.
  • Go wine tasting in the Steiermark area (East & South of Graz), which is famous for its white wines, especially sauvignon blanc; there are hundreds of picturesque producers dotted around the region.
  • Learn about tourist activities in Styria on the main Austria tourism website
  • Information on outdoors pursuits in Steiermark

Been to Graz or Styria? Leave a comment with your recommendations!

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